Criminal Vehicular Operation (CVO) is the most serious of all driving misconduct. There may be a lot of questions surrounding this complex offense and hiring a Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer to help you navigate your case can help you get the answers you need.There are six different levels of CVO, with all but one constituting a felony offense. The six different levels are:
- Criminal vehicular homicide causing death;
- Great bodily harm causing serious permanent injury;
- Substantial bodily harm causing temporary substantial injury;
- Death to an unborn child;
- Injury to an unborn child;
- Bodily harm causing pain or injury (a gross misdemeanor)
A person is guilty of CVO if they cause injury to, or death of, another as a result of operating a vehicle:
- In a grossly negligent manner;
- In a negligent manner while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both;
- While having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more (as measured within two hours of the time of driving);
- Where the driver leaves the scene of the accident
Upon receipt of a criminal complaint/indictment for CVO the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend the driving privilege for one year. Suspension will be terminated upon dismissal or acquittal. If convicted, the person’s driving privilege will be revoked. The revocation period is equal to the maximum period of incarceration for the criminal conviction.
Additionally, the offender must pass an alcohol and controlled substance knowledge test, apply for a new Minnesota driver’s license and pay a $680 reinstatement fee.
Should I Hire a Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer?
A felony or gross misdemeanor CVO is a serious offense with severe consequences. An attorney who is experienced with is invaluable. Gerald Miller PA has over 35 years of experience in criminal defense and the knowledge to help you through these difficult times. Contact us today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.
For more information see the Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Injury Statute 609.21.
For a review of criminal penalties and driver license sanctions see the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.